Apple almost broke the internet with iOS 7 launch

When people want something, they usually want it now. When Apple users want something, they wonder why they didn’t already have it yesterday. As a result, the internet nearly died of exhaustion.

As big as the lines outside Apple stores were for the launch of the company’s two new iPhones were last week, the virtual lines to download iOS 7 may have been even more impressive. 

After iOS 7 became available to download last Wednesday, Internet traffic from tripled to more than 13% for the average customers of Sunnyvale-based Blue Coat Systems. The company makes hardware and software that helps companies monitor and optimize their Web traffic.

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